ST. GEORGE — Conditional use permits for features at a new water park in the planning stages that includes “extreme waterslides” were recommended for approval by the St. George Planning Commission Tuesday.
“Splash City Adventure Water Park” is planned to be built in the Middleton area of St. George at approximately 2200 East Middleton Drive just west of Interstate 15 Exit 10.
The park is themed after tropical island destinations with influences from Caribbean and Polynesian locations set along the red rock backdrop of surrounding hillsides.
“Guests will have the feeling of being in a land that is unlike anything they have experienced before,” according to a narrative about the water park by developer Red Cliffs Development and Investments.
Features include waterslides, a 900-foot-long “Lazy River,” a surfing-capable wave pool and play areas for children all surrounded by shaded cabanas.
While the water features are planned to be opened on a seasonal basis, the developer is also seeking permit to construct a 22,179-square-foot “Family Entertainment Center” to be opened year-round on the property that includes a large arcade room, trampoline area and indoor surf machines.
The property is already zoned for commercial use and the water park does not need prior approval from the city, but conditional use permits for both the 73-foot-tall waterslide tower and the size of the entertainment center still need to be approved by the St. George City Council.
The section of Middleton Drive that goes through the property also needs to be relinquished by the Utah Department of Transportation before the application for permit can be presented to the City Council.
Water for the park’s features would be supplied from the city’s culinary, or drinking, water system, Marc Mortensen, St. George assistant to the city manager, told St. George News, adding that the park would also employ a method of water recycling.
Mortensen said he expects the water park’s conditional use permits to be considered for approval at a City Council meeting at St. George City Hall within the next three to four weeks.
Ed. note: Report advised to emphasize the fact that the developer is seeking approval for the conditional use permits.
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